SIR TEDDY TELLS IT AS IT IS
Below is an extract, published in Euro Realist, from a speech made by the ex Conservative MP for Rochford and Southend East,
Sir Teddy Taylor, when addressing the AGM of the
Free Trade League on Monday 8th January.
“According to one of my excellent local
papers - the Southend Times - there are two issues
which are upsetting the people of Southend on Sea
at the present time. The first is the influx of people
from East Europe. The second is an EU directive
which makes it illegal to build a church organ similar
to those in most of our Southend churches.
In fairness the paper made it clear that it is OK to retain
one of the illegal organs and to listen to its music.
However, the problem arises if you need to repair
the organ or insert any replacement parts. If you do
this, you could be arrested and the trustees of the
church would be prosecuted.
The newspaper this week reported that one of the organists at Durham
Cathedral is of the opinion that the European Union
had gone stark staring bonkers, and they further explained
that in their opinion most people in Southend on Sea would agree with this sentiment.
But if we do not like the new Euro organ
laws, what on earth can we do about it? If the people
feel that immigration from East Europe is a danger
to the stability of our society what advice can we offer
There’s no point in contacting any of our
MPs because even if all the Labour, Conservatives,
Liberal Democrat, Scottish and Welsh Nationalists
and our friendly Northern Ireland MPs all agreed
that our traditional church organs should be repaired
and that immigration should be
contained and controlled, there’s nothing which
they can do about it.
And its just as pointless to go to our Euro
MPs. They’re just as powerless. The sad fact is that
if the European Parliament was to close its doors tomorrow,
nobody would really notice apart from the
taxi drivers of Strasbourg.
Sadly our ability to influence things is just
fading away. If we feel that the policy of subsidising
the growing of high tar tobacco is wrong, it
doesn’t matter. If our taxes are used to subsidise the
dumping of this tobacco in the third world, and if we
think that this is shocking, our views don’t matter.
in the same way we might be very concerned
and perplexed about the very high price paid
to grow sugar in Europe and about the damage we
do to the third world by dumping this sugar at
highly subsidised prices in the world market, but our
views don’t matter.
It’s not just in Britain. The national press
advised us the other day that while the people of
France had been wildly enthusiastic about the Euro
currency, they had now changed their opinion and
didn’t like the Euro at all. But what is the point of
having changing opinions in Eurodreamland?
It’s high time that the British political parties,
all of which have shortages of cash and of
members, realised that the reason the community,
and particularly young people, are switching off
from politics is because they regard the whole business
as a useless waste of time.
For people like ourselves who follow the
teachings of a great visionary - Adam Smith - and
who believe passionately that free trade would make
the world more free and more prosperous, there is a
big problem. This problem is that our elected Parliament
and our elected government don’t control
either trade policy or subsidies.
The most we could hope for in our crusade would be that a UK government
which shared our views would seek to become
a difficult and frustrating member of the EU and
would seek to use its powers in decision making to
persuade other member states that policies should be
changed and adjusted to accommodate more free
In fairness the chances of reform coming this
way within the EU are very slim unless we can seek
to persuade the people that the reforms are necessary
and in the public interest.
Our basic problem is that our democracy,
which has achieved so much for the nation and its
people is dying and withering away. We must start
the fight back now and let the people realise how
dangerous the situation is.
Let us make the Free Trade League the
champion of democracy and the vehicle which
wakes people up to the dangers of the ever increasing
threat to our democracy and to our right to